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Ed Frauenheim

Ed Frauenheim

I'm about reinventing masculinity and organizations. And about connecting the dots between the two. As seen in: Medium, USA Today, Yahoo Finance, Fortune, Yahoo, Thrive Global, The Good Men Project, CEOWORLD Magazine, The Spectrum & Daily News, Workforce Magazine and more
Business
Ed Frauenheim

From Loser To For All Leader: Was My “Nice Guy” Mentality Ahead Of It’s Time?

How the smallest management career in history (mine) might be the beginning of a big trend. In some ways, you shouldn’t listen to a word I say about how men should show up at work. I have what is probably the smallest management career in history. I’ve managed one person, for one day, in my entire professional life. The day I was assigned to be this woman’s boss was the day she told me she was lea

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Business
Ed Frauenheim

Quiet Meets Courage in Corporate Life: Josh Crafford

Josh Crafford shows how to combine quiet leadership with courage. Josh identifies as an introverted man, and over the course of a two-decade career in financial services, he has bravely broken barriers. For one thing, Josh “came out” as someone with learning disabilities including dyslexia. That vulnerable act has only strengthened his ability to lead learning and development teams at credit card

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Ed Frauenheim

Lessons From A Super Painful Disc Golf Loss -Why Am I Beating Myself Up?

“I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me.” –Beck, in “Loser” I was a loser last night. I “choked” at the tail end of a disc golf game. Gave up a two-stroke lead on the last, 18th hole by tossing my disc out of bounds. Twice in a row. After the second bad throw, I just fell over backwards. It was laughable how absurd it was. I also felt like crying. I’ve spent years trying to put winning and los

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Health
Ed Frauenheim

Arrow-and-Circle Men: What A Heart Attack And An Anxiety Attack Taught Me About Being A Man, Part 4

I’m now exercising four or five times a week. This compares with about two times a week in the year leading up to my heart attack. COVID had something to do with the lighter exercise schedule — public pools in San Francisco were closed for much of the pandemic. But I also let work get in the way of workouts. During the first half of the year, I was juggling about 25 different projects and professi

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Health
Ed Frauenheim

F*ck The Tough Guy Show: The Dangers Of Depression And Mental Illness

A pair of suicides by male employees at a ski resort prompt one leader to challenge the confined masculinity that tells men to bottle up their pain. The man said these words with a shaky voice, and he held up a fist with the middle finger sticking straight up. The fuck-you sign. A message with words, emotion and gesture. His anger was directed at the pressure put on men to suppress emotion, to pre

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Health
Ed Frauenheim

Arrow-and-Circle Men: What A Heart Attack And An Anxiety Attack Taught Me About Being A Man, Part 3

(Continuation of parts 1 and 2.) Then there’s the soul. And the soul of me might offer a lesson about the souls of men. I surprised myself that dark night I thought I might die. For most of my life, I’ve said nightly prayers, and I’ve had a vague belief that there is some sort of life after death — the product of a Catholic upbringing, Presbyterian church attendance and a yoga practice infused wit

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Health
Ed Frauenheim

Arrow-and-Circle Men: What A Heart Attack And An Anxiety Attack Taught Me About Being A Man, Part 2

See Part 1 Here I also want to acknowledge how my springy personal safety net has much to do with privilege. I was born into a white, middle-class family, attended excellent suburban public schools, and graduated from an Ivy League university. I’ve been mostly able-bodied, I’ve been fortunate to find meaningful work, and lucky enough to find a loving life partner in Rowena. As a friend pointed out

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Health
Ed Frauenheim

Arrow-and-Circle Men: What A Heart Attack And An Anxiety Attack Taught Me About Being A Man, Part 1

I had a heart attack on June 14th. It was a mild one, but it scared me nearly to death. In fact, it triggered an anxiety attack as soon as I got out of the hospital later that week. Together, the two attacks knocked me on my butt. They’ve also knocked some sense into me. On things like how many work projects to juggle, how to loosen control over my two teenagers and how to manage a life-long menta

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